Status: highly speculative, buzzword mix-and-matching
Directly provide status to high-quality research, cutting out the journal middlemen
- Today, scientific journals are an expensive status mechanism that provides rents to the journal owners:
- Journals charge for access, and the value-add is ostensibly distribution & curation
- But most of the work of curation is done by unpaid peer reviewers
- Distribution costs are virtually zero in the age of the internet
- So what's left? "Prestige"
- Prediction markets for scientific research?
- Whether a paper will replicate?